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There’s no denying the appeal of a private African safari away from crowds of fellow travellers. You journey to the wild to immerse yourself in the grand vastness of untouched nature, to be bathed in sunlight as you meander (never walk, that’s suburban) while the Lion King soundtrack inexplicably echoes from a bush. Now imagine basking in this, your lifelong dream come true, and seeing from the corner of your eye… humans. But, like, a lot of them. This is not what you signed up for; you’ve gone to the WILD for crying out loud.
As fellow tourists, we know the perils of being thrust among throngs of our own kind. And because we understand, we’ve come up with ideas for how you can explore the hordes while avoiding the masses.
Remember the time you had to set-up a tent in full view of an overachieving family of life-long campers? Remember how judgy they were as it took you several attempts to set it up? Remember how a loved-one had to wrestle a wild boar to redeem your family’s honour? Yes, Rick, we too have been there.
To avoid this scenario, let the experts do the technical stuff and enjoy a more private safari experience. Places like Mara Plains Camp in Kenya provide the tents, the sights and the modern comforts from their backyard in the wilderness. Built to complement its riverine forest setting, it’s one of only five camps in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering Maasai Mara Game Reserve. As a result, there is a low density of tourism vehicles, which provides the ultimate safari experience.
The camp setting at a luxury safari Photo credit: Mara Plains Camp
At Mara River Tented Camp in Tanzania, an off-the-grid luxury tent hideout, safari-goers have prime viewing of the Great Migration where over a million wildebeest brave the river’s crocodile-infested waters to get to the other side.
The interior of a luxury tent Photo credit: Sand River Masai Mara
A portion of the Mara River known as Death Valley in Kenya
We love a stylishly-captured car bonnet as much as the next amateur photographer; sometimes all a picture needs (especially a lucky snap of a once-in-a-lifetime black rhino sighting) is the outline of a hatchback. But just in case you want to try the minimalist approach – with just the wildlife – a photographic safari somewhere remote might do the trick.
Private game reserves and safari lodges like Singita in Kruger National Park and Royal Malewane employ rangers and trackers who are also wildlife photographers and who can help you capture one-of-a-kind safari snaps.
A leopard sighting on safari Photo credit: Singita Kruger National Park
A safari vehicle near a herd of wildebeest Photo credit: Royal Malewane
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge and Ulusaba Rock Lodge are just two properties offering photographic safaris in the Sabi Sand and have packages that include professional photographers to assist and guide you in capturing those special moments.
A lodge situated on a rock Photo credit: Ulusaba
A herd of elephants near a stream Photo credit: Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
A private African safari is not only a great way to rejuvenate emotionally and spiritually, it can help you recover from pre-wedding stress (and the horror that was your drunk uncle’s wedding reception toast). Getting to relax and rediscover one another in a natural setting that inspires wonder and gratitude is why a honeymoon safari is the best way to start your marriage. It’s also an opportunity to do cool things like staring overlong into sunsets and whispering meaningful at the sky – while on a deck.
If tranquil is what you’re after, the Lion Sands in Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a great choice. You can spend nights in a magic treehouse observing the night sky and days on safari in search of the famous Big 5.
The view outside a treehouse Photo credit: Lion Sands
&Beyond‘s range of lodges in Botswana’s Okavango Delta offer gorgeous combinations of luxury, romance and wilderness. Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is considered the Delta’s most luxurious safari experience and Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge‘s collection of cottages, designed to organically blend into the surrounding nature, are the height of escapism while on safari, it often makes the list of Africa’s most romantic destinations.
As you get up, a fantastic view awaits you Photo credit: Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
The palatial inside of cottage Photo credit: Michaelis Boyd and Nick Plewman
Getting away somewhere remote (even if that’s the whole point) can be scary. You can have your safari away from crowds experience without being completely abandoned – private guides are great way to mitigate some of the stress and anxiety. They will stick with you, your family or group for the length of your holiday, ensuring that you get to see Africa’s Big 5 in action and whatever other experiences you might desire. They will:
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An enthusiastic globe-trotter born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Thanda is back in Cape Town after a year of amazing adventures abroad. When not scouring Soundcloud for her next music obsession, she’s plotting a weekend sho’t left or scrambling to keep track of friends who're scattered all over the world.
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I’ll definitely be taking note of some of these. Thanks for this x
We have taken two safaris with A&K (Lynn Leakey was our guide) and 5 safaris with Wilderness Safaris (Lex Hes was our guide) and one disastrous trip to Gabon with Zegrahms, a company we love, but this destination was not welcoming. Loved all the information here. We hope to return to Botswana.
Hi Carol! I’m glad this information was helpful. Happy travels 🙂
There are lots of places to visit away from the crowd but from my view that I think there is one place we would get peace we should go on camping as camping is the best way to reduce the stress and we can get fresh environment to breath and we can get the enjoyment too.
Couldn’t agree more Richard. That’s why at Rhino Africa we offer a range of camping experiences. Thanks for reading 🙂
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